The Lionheart Community

Brave & Determined

aka TheLionheart.Community   |   Sacramento, CA   |
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The Lionheart Community

EIN: 88-2468388


TheLionheart.Community encourages empowerment utilizing bravery and determination. We serve people presented with spinal cord injury or neurological injury and disorders. We create opportunity for support, socialization, recreation, employment and resources. We provide access and tools, inviting people to participate in life.

Ruling year info


President / Executive Director

Charlene Vine

Main address

PO Box 660014

Sacramento, CA 95825 USA

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Subject area info

Health care access

Play therapy

Home medical equipment

Support groups

Spinal cord injuries and diseases

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Population served info

Low-income people

People with physical disabilities

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

TLC Weekly Wednesdays

An online community for those who want to connect with others that have spinal cord injuries or neurological challenges. We encourage bravery and determination with community support to push thru the many life challenges. All are welcome from anywhere, whether brand new to the SCI life or experienced. Our main focus for resources is the Greater Sacramento Area and Northern California but we also have members from all around the country. We meet every Wednesday for at least two hours on Zoom.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Queens of Spinal Cord Injury is a monthly support group for women with SCI/D and other disabilities. All are welcome no matter where you are located. We encourage support, lift each other up and discuss life. We meet over Zoom.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Sutter Rehabilitation Institute 2020


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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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President / Executive Director

Charlene Vine

I sustained a spinal cord injury in 2000 from a snowboarding accident. In the beginning of my injury, I joined a mentoring program and realized how important it is to connect with others that are experiencing similar challenges. The SCI/D community is small and it can be difficult to find support, health care options, accessible activities, and resources. I have a lot of passion around helping others so I started this non-profit to create a community of like people that can help support and lift each other. I lead an active healthy, lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. I love to travel and have new experiences. I am also an art lover and designer.

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Board of directors
as of 06/29/2023
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Board chair

Charlene Vine

Misty Marez

Michelle O'Brien

Dave Gillespie, PhD

University of Utah

Chuck McAvoy

Disability Rights Advocates

Pat Blair

Sutter Medical Center

Adora Mathews, MD, FAAPRM

Sutter Medical Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/27/2023

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Disability status
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/27/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.